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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Dell Selling an iSCSI Box

Saw an plug for it from our sales rep yesterday, MD3000i. Starts at $7300 with just a couple drives, goes up to about $25k maxed out at 18TB. I've always considered the Powervault stuff pretty usable/reliable compared to the complexity of a SAN, but I see in the configuration that if you're going to connect to 8 or more servers it requires an on-site implementation (at no cost). Maybe not so simple anymore?

It does make me realize that I have a Dell centric view of the universe...which Im sure they appreciate. It saves a lot of time and money to standardize on a single vendor when you can, but you start to miss out on what everyone else is doing. I think the last time I looked at other storage options it was a cursory glance at a Sata Beast which looks like fun to buy. As a consultant it's nice to know the options, but usually I just give clients a broad outline of what hardware is needed and let them handle purchasing and install through the vendor of their choice.


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